Kusserow on Compliance: HHS OIG celebrates 40 year anniversary

Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) mission is to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries began 40 years ago with the passage of legislation in 1976. I had the honor of being the Inspector General for 12 of those years.   The OIG focuses on combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs. A majority of OIG’s resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid; however their responsibilities extends to many other programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, as well as numerous social programs for the disadvantage of the Country. The OIG posted a summary of their history and current efforts;

  • Inspector General Act signed into law by President Gerald Ford on October 15, 1976
  • Today, the OIG is charged with overseeing $1 trillion dollars in HHS spending, 25% of the outlays of the Federal government
  • OIG is the largest IG office five a staff of 1,660+ employees in 70 offices nationwide
  • OIG uses advanced data analytics to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse across the Nation
  • $20.6 Billion in estimated savings for FY 2015 from actions linked to them
  • OIG claims a return of $6 per $1 spent in addressing health care fraud
  • OIG reported in first half of this year expected recoveries of more than $2.77 billion, 428 criminal actions and 383 civil actions against individuals or entities

Richard P. Kusserow served as DHHS Inspector General for 11 years. He currently is CEO of Strategic Management Services, LLC (SM), a firm that has assisted more than 3,000 organizations and entities with compliance related matters. The SM sister company, CRC, provides a wide range of compliance tools including sanction-screening.

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